Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Ludwig Bemelmans, detail of cover mock-up for Madeline (ca. 1939), Jean Johnson Kislak Collection, © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

Goldstein Family Gallery

Covered with Vines:
The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans

On exhibit August 21 - December 21, 2015

Although she was the smallest of the little girls who lived under the care of Miss Clavel in that Parisian house, Madeline has grown up, in the years since her birth in 1939, to overshadow everything else her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans, accomplished during his long and highly productive career. Based on the collection formed by Jean Kislak and Penn's own holdings, this exhibition displays printed books, manuscripts, and art to recover a Bemelmans now largely forgotten, while also celebrating Madeline. We consider Ludwig Bemelmans's multiple careers as restaurateur and hotelier, soldier, memoirist, short story writer, novelist, travel writer, script writer, cartoonist, illustrator, commercial artist, and painter.

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Image: © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC

Recent acquisition

The Papers of Ray Evans,
Hollywood Lyricist and Penn Alumnus

The papers of Ray Evans (Wharton class of 1936) were donated to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts by the Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation. Ray Evans is best known for producing with his songwriting partner Jay Livingston (Penn class of 1937) hit songs such as "Mona Lisa" (famously sung by Nat King Cole), "Que Sera Sera" (Doris Day), and the holiday favorite "Silver Bells" (made famous by Bing Crosby).

Among the treasures in the collection is the songster's diary, kept during the war years of 1939-1945. Written in pen on looseleaf notebook paper and bound by a small three ring binder, it may have been one of several diaries kept by Evans, but today it is the only one that survives.

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